Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia

SA: Luncheon Presentation - Dr Romain Fathi "Understanding France in WWII"

  • 03 Sep 2018
  • 11:30 - 14:00
  • Naval Military & Air Force Club 111 Hut Street Adelaide SA


3 September 2018

 Invitation to Event

Lunch with 

Dr RomainFathi

From defeat to victory, 1939-1945. 

How France lost the battle but won the war?”

Monday 3rdSeptember 2018 12-2pm

Naval Military & Air Force Club

111 Hutt Street Adelaide

France’s experience of the Second World War is an aspect of French history generally poorly known or misunderstood overseas. This presentation aims to pause and reflect on the origins and consequences of the French defeat in WWII. The pacifism of the 1920s, the rise of anti-Semitism, the debacle, Vichy, the occupation of France and its liberation will be presented through a survey of contemporary French mentalities, providing context to understand this traumatic period in France’s history.

Tickets are priced at $30 for RUSI Members, Veterans & Defence members or $35 for non-members.

by EFTPOS to Account Name: RUSI of SA IncBSB: 065 000 Act No: 00900386 Ref: your Name

Where: Long Tan Room @ Naval Military and Air Force Club, 111 Hutt St, Adelaide

Monday 3rdSeptember 2018

11.45 am arrive, meet and greet Dr Fathi, drinks purchased at the bar and lunch order taken

12 noon Briefcommences in the Long Tan Room

1 pm Lunch served in the Long Tan Room

2 pm event concludes, retire to the Ante Room for drinks and discussion.

Dr RomainFathiis South Australia’s 2018 “Historian of the Year

You must book yourtickets by EFTPOS or pay at the door on the day.

Dr RomainFathiis South Australia’s 2018 Historian of the year. He is an expert in the French WW2 theatre of war, its society, effects and the dimension of the wars impact upon the French people and nation.

Dr Fathiis a French cultural historian whose research focuses on the transnational dimension of war and its aftermath in both the Australian and European contexts. 

Dr.Fathiis a Lecturer in History at Flinders University and aChercheurAssociéat the Centre d’Histoirede Sciences Po, Paris. He has taught at Sciences Po in Paris, Yale in the United States of America, The University of Queensland and Flinders University in Australia. His primary research interests focus on the First World War, war commemorations and Australian identity. 

His forthcoming book,Our Corner of the Somme. Australia at Villers-Bretonneuxwill be published by Cambridge University Press early next year. RomainFathiis South Australia’s 2018 “Historian of the Year”, an award conferredby the History Council of South Australia, in May 2018.


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